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Friday, November 03, 2006

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I'm their biggest fan

This post is dedicated to Jule Ann, who delurked today in the comments section because she rightly intuited that I am delicately constitutioned enough to need moral bolstering if I am going to post daily this month. Like the good Samaritans with paper cups of gatorade along the marathon route. Thank you, Jule Ann. We'll make a Jen of you yet.

(The rest of you better pass 'round the sign-up sheet. It's day three, and I'm already getting cramps.)



This is a photo of me (on the left) talking to Tracey, who delurked at my cousin Erika's wedding reception. I think this was the first time I met a reader in person of whom I had no prior knowledge. It was kind of freaky--I was aware she knew all kinds of things about me, whereas I knew that her name was Tracey. There was actually a whole contingent of people familiar with my blog at the wedding. There's a lesson in this. If building traffic is your goal, blog about someone else's life and let them promote it shamelessly.

As more and more of you come out of the closet, I am impressed with what a loyal and supportive bunch you are. Tiny, and quiet, to be sure. But true blue. Like smurfs.

Sometimes one of you gets outed by a third party. "So-and-so says she reads your blog," someone will mention in passing. Maybe they're just using your name as a cover. If so, you better go and put a stop to it right now. They are probably using your name and credit card to surf porn sites as well. But if it is true, welcome. No, no, don't get up. You don't have to delurk. Jule Ann and Tracey are probably wishing to hell they didn't.

But rest assured, it will make my day if you do.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consider me a cheerleader, although if you remember me at all I never really was the spunky pep squad type but I am always full of spirit. I am yelling loudly, "You can do it!" My pom poms are shaking in your general direction.

Jen K-C

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I'm a fan. I just found you through my friend Jen , but I'm hooked. You are a wonderful writer.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Jule Ann said...

Aw shucks, thanks for the tribute! Oddly enough, I also met a reader at a wedding in September, and it was definitely awkward. She came up to me and said, "I thought I should say Hi, since I read your blog." I didn't know how to respond. We eventually worked our way to normal conversation, but it took a while, because I kept thinking to myself, "What can I say to her that she doesn't already know?"

Keep 'em coming, you're doing fine!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a Jen, and I'm not sure if I've ever commented here before - but I have been lurking...

I'm intrigued as you are a relocated maritimer, and I'm newly a maritimer. We're in New Brunswick since last January and just LOVE IT!

Still haven't gotten to past Moncton/Miramachi to NS or NFL but hope to this summer.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just found you...thanks for commenting on my blog. It is such a thrill when someone comments. Like, I know people are out there, reading, but sometimes it feels lonely when nobody says hello. How childish.

Please email me before you go to Dublin! I know we've just met (and not even really), but I'd like to point you in the direction of a few great places. I lived there for almost 10 years, and live there in my mind everyday still, because I'm writing fiction about it.

4:48 PM  
Blogger K. said...

Jen K-C---if I remember at all, you always had great pompoms. shake away. :)

Jenny, boy, have you come to the right place. Mind if we call you Jen?

Jule Ann,

I am so glad you are not completely spooked away from my blog....not everybody digs audience participation ;-)

heidi renee, I am showering you with virtual tickertape and confetti and hitting the "applause" signal. Thanks for being here and introducing yourself. New Brunswick is my birthplace. I moved to my father's home, Newfoundland, when I was still an infant.

hesitant,

I am going to email you right now!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

So many Jens! Well, it's no wonder. Jennifer was the number one girl's name in the US (and presumably Canada was not that different) from 1970 until 1984 and in the past 40 years it has never dropped below 42. if you want to see the stats - quite fun to search your own name - go here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/

6:59 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

I'm here! I'm here! And I'm a faithful reader when my &@%* feed reader works! Here I thought you hadn't been posting lately, and when I checked your actual site I find the exact opposit is true - you are posting every day! Forgive me for my absence. I am now catching up.

*@$& technology can't be trusted.

p.s. I see you met my friend, Jenny! She is one of my bestest friends, and not just because she watches my children when I go on overnight outings.

10:27 AM  

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